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Poster: Tyler Date: Feb 2, 2006 7:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Legality of posting live shows with cover songs

a quick Internet search shows me that is being harassed about this issue right now, and I see nothing explicitly allowing it.

i'm not aware of any 'harassment' that is going on about the topic, neither present or past. the topic has been brought up from time to time by users, but never any legal reps of say, michael jackson, who were upset at / going after the archive because there is a show on here where the band covered 'billie jean'. Could you provide links / text for your statement?

and yes, when a venue pays it's ASCAP/BMI license, the people who get on stage there can legally perform copyrighted works of others (like say 'abby road') because the owner of the original works have been paid something.

as far as taping / hosting of a show that had a cover song it ... I am not a lawyer, but if a copywrite holder came and said "this is my song, I don't want a live version of it out there" then the LMA would probably take the song down.

In your case, if you want to just cut it out of your own file set / performance, that is fine .. that way you don't have any bothers / worries. But honestly, I don't think it is a problem at all. there are litterally hundreds of shows on here that have at least one cover song performed in it. don't worry mate.


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Poster: kozmikyak Date: Feb 2, 2006 8:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Legality of posting live shows with cover songs

There was another post on here in December speculating that some of the issues with the change in status of Dead shows is due to lack of rights to distribute covers.